The 2022 Ferrari 296GTB is an all-new, plug-in-hybrid model in Ferrari’s portfolio, which already includes the plug-in SF90 Stradale and Spider. Look for the GTB to start the trend of Ferrari models with smaller-displacement engines and hybrid integration as the automotive landscape begins to further embrace electrification.

This is the Ferrari 296 GTB. It is a deeply, furiously complex car. It never feels like that to drive. Neither on-road nor on track. Ferrari says it’s not a direct replacement for the F8 Tributo as that remains on sale (if only for another year) and is significantly cheaper. The 296 GTB costs nearly £40,000 more – £241,550.

But it slots into the mid-engined ‘everyday’ Ferrari lineage that started with the 308 47 years ago and has continued without interruption – and with some legendary highlights, including the 458 Speciale – ever since.

A range of about 15 miles on battery power alone might not sound like much, but it’s enough to be useful, and the Ferrari seems to quickly recharge when the engine is on.

It’s quite an engine, too: The 2.9-liter, 120-degree, turbocharged V6 puts out 654 horsepower (adding to the electric motor’s 167 hp) and 546 pound-feet of torque. Just as importantly, it sounds rather good.

ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION

Behind the cockpit of the 2022 Ferrari 296GTB is a turbocharged V-6 that pairs with a plug-in-hybrid system. Together the gas engine and electric motor combine to produce 819 horsepower that’s sent exclusively to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The GTB is also capable of driving on electricity alone on power drawn from a 6.0-kWh battery pack located under the floor. Its 8500-rpm redline provides a visceral driving experience, as we learned during our first drive. We also experienced its exhilarating acceleration and the ability to easily probe the limits of its lofty performance.

Along with four drive modes–eDrive, Hybrid, Performance, and Qualify­–that provide ascending performance characteristics, the 2022 Ferrari 296GTB features electrically assisted power steering and a brake-by-wire system. If you want lighter wheels than the standard twin-spoke forged units, a set of rims made of carbon fiber are available.

INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH

Inside, the 2022 Ferrari 296GTB is an exercise in elegant minimalism, except for the steering wheel. Its excessive controls create an ergonomic nightmare. Otherwise, the dashboard features an entirely digital interface that is derived from the SF90.

The GTB’s seats and various interior surfaces are covered with Italian leather that showcases the coupe’s luxurious side. The center console contains a push-button shifter inspired by the gated manual Ferrari gearboxes of old.

There’s a small compartment for storing the 2022 Ferrari 296GTB’s ignition key on the center console, too. A head-up display is also discreetly integrated into the top of the dash.

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS

The 2022 Ferrari 296GTB doesn’t have a traditional infotainment system. Instead, functions for the audio and navigation systems are integrated into the digital gauge cluster.

Unfortunately, we found the system to be rather clumsy to use. The passenger is also treated to a digital display that Ferrari says is intended to make them feel like a co-driver.

As more information becomes available on the 2022 Ferrari 296GTB, we’ll update this story with more details about:

ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS

PHOTOS

2022 Ferrari 296GTB

2022 Ferrari 296GTB

2022 Ferrari 296GTB

2022 Ferrari 296GTB

2022 Ferrari 296GTB

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

2022 Ferrari 296GTB
Vehicle Type: mid-engine, mid-motor, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE
Base: $322,986

POWERTRAIN
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 654 hp, 546 lb-ft + AC motor, 164 hp, 232 lb-ft (combined output: 819 hp, 546 lb-ft; 6.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack)

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual-clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length: 179.7 in
Width: 77.1 in
Height: 46.7 in
Cargo Volume: 7 ft3
Curb Weight: 3700 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.9 sec
100 mph: 5.7 sec
1/4-Mile: 9.7 sec
Top Speed: 205 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 20/18/22 mpg
Combined Gas + Electric: 60 MPGe
EV Range: 10 mi

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